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Calling all Comparison Girls!
the review team for Shannon Popkin's upcoming release Comparison
The dates will be May 19-June 2. I'll be sending out emails about
who made the tour on April 3.
When I send out all the details ahead of the tour, I'll have a
Q&A you can use, we'll be doing a book giveaway and will
provide you with all the tour materials you will need. I'll also
have a form for you to submit your tour links.
Shannon Popkin leads women away from a
of comparison toward a mind-set of serving
I wish I were tall like her. If only my
kids got along the way her kids do. Why does she always seem to
have it all together? Women compare
themselves constantly. On social media, in their neighborhood, at
church, at work, even in the school drop-off lane, they glance
sideways and ask, “How do I measure up?” Behind all this comparison
is an enemy gaining tactical advantage.
In her new Bible study, Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus
on Me-Free Living in a Measure-Up World (Kregel
Publications/May 19, 2020/ISBN: 9780825446214/ $16.99), author and
speaker Shannon Popkin invites women to leave
measure-up comparison behind and connect with those around them by
choosing Jesus’s me-free way of living. It’s a real chance to break
free from the shackles of comparison.
Popkin confesses her own struggle with comparison literally goes as
far back as she can remember and suspects her readers can relate.
Her earliest memory is of her four-year-old self holding her
songbook upside down in church. When a woman from the pew behind
reached forward to turn the book right side up, Popkin felt
embarrassed and exposed—clearly the watching world now knew she
could not read. It may seem silly in retrospect, but Popkin admits
the same could be said of many of her current struggles. “Why do I
worry about being exposed as a less-than-perfect mom? Or a
middle-aged woman who struggles with her weight? Or a Christian who
still sins? My heart, since childhood, has been bent on
perfectionism, pride, and measuring up—which has not led to great
freedom and joy. Instead, it’s led to a great fear of what people
think and a great dread of being found lacking.”
Comparison follows women through every stage of life, leading
either to a sense of superiority (pride, perfectionism, arrogance,
or judgmental criticism) or inferiority (insecurity, shame,
jealousy, and self-consciousness). Satan loves to perpetuate
comparison-driven bondage and isolation, but Jesus wants to set
Equating our lives to a measuring cup, Popkin invites readers to
live by the spout, not by the lines. “Picture yourself holding a
glass measuring cup with red lines on the side. Mingled in your cup
are all the things which set you apart—your gifts, aptitudes, and
talents. Your personality is mixed in, along with your family
background. This cup holds your life’s potential, measured out by
God. Satan wants you to focus on the lines—holding your cup next to
this person’s and that one’s. He says that to make something of
yourself, you have to measure up—then he shames you when you
don’t,” she explains. “Jesus, however, turns your attention to your
measuring cup’s spout, saying that you were designed, not to
measure up, but to pour yourself out. And he shows you how it’s
done. He lived by the spout, emptying himself of status and pouring
his life out on the cross, giving his life as a ransom for many.”
Suited for both individual and group study, Comparison
Girl is a six-week Bible study that guides readers to
examine conversations Jesus had and parables he shared with disciples,
tax collectors, and Pharisees, who also were comparing. Each
chapter is divided into lessons, allowing women on a time budget to
read a Bible passage, engage in a complete train of thought related
to the topic, and then make the content personal—all in one
sitting. Rather than feeling preached to, women will engage with
Popkin’s informal teaching tone as if they’re meeting with a
Readers of Popkin’s best-selling release Control
Girl may find themselves in Comparison Girl as
well. “I wrestle daily with comparison, and I’ve noticed that my
struggles with control and comparison are related. As I look to the
side, measuring myself against others, I’m often laser-focused on
things that are out of my control,” she admits. Yet, there is hope.
“You are different from other people by God’s intentional design.
Anything in your measuring cup is a gift from Him. As you tip your
cup and pour into others, the measuring stops. The more you pour,
the more God fills your cup with freedom, confidence, and joy.”
you struggle with measuring up, if you’re worried about what people
think, if you dread someone seeing you in a less-than-ideal
situation, then you’re human. We all struggle with comparing
ourselves to others in some way. That means we all need Shannon’s
honest and wise words on the pages of this book. I know I did, and
I’m betting you do too!”
~ Jill Savage, author of No More Perfect Moms, No More
Perfect Kids, and No More Perfect Marriages
“Shannon Popkin has done it again! She has masterfully written
another must-read to speak to the struggles of our soul. Like a
dear friend she comes, sits with us, and soothes us with the truth
of how purposefully we were created, how intentionally we have been
gifted, and how infinitely we are loved. Inviting us to look up,
listen to the tender truths of God, and learn to silence the lies
of the enemy against us, Shannon shows us how to finally live
freely in a culture of continual comparison. For every woman who
has an area of her life where she wonders if she is truly
enough—here is your answer.”
~ Erica Wiggenhorn, author of Unexplainable Jesus: Rediscovering
the God You Thought You Knew
About the Author
Shannon Popkin is a writer, speaker, and Bible teacher
who loves pointing others to the truth of God’s Word. She combines
her gifts for humor and storytelling with her passion for Jesus.
She regularly speaks at Christian women’s events and retreats,
encouraging women of all ages to put their hope in God.
Popkin is also a regular contributor for the Revive Our Hearts True Woman and Leader Connection blogs.
Her articles have been published by Family Fun,
Focus on the Family Magazine, MOMsense
and others. She is the author of several books, including Control
Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven
Women in the Bible, Influence: Building a Platform That
Elevates Jesus (Not Me), and Comparison Girl:
Lessons from Jesus on Me-Free Living in a Measure-Up World.
Popkin and her husband, Ken, have been married for more than twenty
years and live in West Michigan. They have three children—one in
high school and two in college.